June 26? The last week of June? Already? This month sped by. Where did the time go? What happened to rest, relax, and renew? I feel like I go, go, go. And still there are piles-literally piles-of things I need to do. I’m being interrupted by the urgent things we need to do to complete the sale of our house. And in my determination to s l o w d o w n, I’m taking longer than I think I will to do things I enjoy.
I keep thinking I’ll get to things like daily writing, going through the turf in my office, cleaning out a drawer or a closet. Maybe even packing a box or two. When I have a couple of hours together, I promise myself. But so far, that hasn’t happened.
I want routine. A completed to-do list, items neatly checked off. A feeling of accomplishment.
And then I remember. I’m retired. I don’t have to hit the ground running at the beginning of August anymore. While I do have a deadline for cleaning closets and packing boxes, Van and I will do that together. Slowly, I realize I focused on the wrong list. Instead of worrying about what I haven’t done, I need to remember who I am in Christ. What are His priorities? It’s time to adjust my thinking.
Time to Remind Myself of All I Have Accomplished
So I take a deep breath, sit back in my chair, and remind myself of all I have accomplished:
- Time with my husband, talking and doing a Bible Study together every day. That’s something new we added since we both retired at the beginning of the month. I love talking about what we’re learning, praying together, using what we learn as we make decisions about our house. This week, a friend, Karen Lochte, suggested we write Bible verses on the door frames of our new home as it’s being built. Van and I plan on choosing verses for different parts of the house and praying over those verses together. I can’t think of any better way to spend time.
- Keeping the house clean during the week, a little at a time, so my afternoons and weekends are free.
- More reading and writing
- Extra time in the morning spent in worship and prayer
- A CARE visit to someone going into the hospital. Praying with her.
- My granddaughter’s promotion from eighth grade. A family day I cherish.
- Working on an afghan for cooler nights in our new home in northern Arizona
- Catching up with my youngest granddaughter’s other grandmother when I ran into her in Hobby Lobby.
Time Spent on Nurturing Relationships
This coming week, I have a lunch date with a friend I haven’t seen in months and a date with my granddaughter, Robyn Ann. The week after that, plans to have a couple come over for a barbecue, a day at the beach with a friend, a visit with my daughter, Erin and grandchildren, Zach and Katie.
Through it all, I see God’s plan. God wants my focus on Him and His people. Not tasks and accomplishments, but relationships nurtured and developed.
Rest. Relax. Renew. All of those retirement Rs are part of what I see when I take the time to think about what is true about this month of June. Yes, it’s almost over. But the time has been well spent. On good things.
How is your summer going? Take time to sit back and adjust your thinking. Focus on the good things you did this month. I’d love to have you share them with me in the comments.